Posts tagged ‘DIY’

February 17, 2011

{Inspiration}: Girls’ Night Party Table

by Emily Grace

I’m very excited to post this cute little party today, though I guess I tend to be biased. I thought I’d share some pictures from the annual Girls’ Night Valentine’s Day Extravaganza that I throw every year. It was a great little cocktail party and a way to bring some of the amazing women in my life together and thank them for their friendship. Here are some of the pictures I snapped while setting up for the evening. Hope you enjoy!

The fabric flowers that lined the front of the table became the favors for the women at the party. The alligator clips on the back allowed the women to attach them to their blouses, sweaters, belts, or wear them as hair clips. Check out how I sported mine.

Oh, and don’t you just love the pink and yellow layered cake? Absolutely adorable and incredibly delicious.

Wanting to create something similar for your next party? Stay tuned for DIY tutorials for some of the decor items.

Here is the breakdown of costs for the decorations:

Circle Garland- $5.50 ($4 for 2 yellow and 2 pink scrapbooking papers and $1.50 for twine)

Mason Jars- $9.99 for set of 12

Fabric (one yard of yellow and one yard of pink)- $8

2 Bouquets of Flowers- $8

Pack of Straws- $2

Felt for Hearts- $0.75

Grosgrain Ribbon (pink and yellow)- $3.40

Plates, Bowls, Cake Stand, Carafe, Vase, etc. were from my cabinets.

Total: $37.64

How exciting! For under $40, I was able to create all the decorations for the party and have a lot of craft materials left over (I tend to over buy) that I can use on other projects. What types of DIY decor do you like to create for your personal parties?

December 5, 2010

{Sweet Details}: Photo Props

by Emily Grace

I’m well aware that this trend isn’t entirely new, but it is one I’m still undeniably obsessed with. Photo props! Photobooths and engagement shoots using fun and unique props came in full force by the end of 2009 and has maintained popularity through 2010 {where will it be taken in 2011?}, but I love how it allows couples and guests to show their personality and have a little fun, especially when photos can be somewhat awkward.

Such props include, but are not limited to:  fake mustaches, bicycles, oversized picture frames, balloons, banners, umbrellas, and fun hats.  Enjoy some of the awesome prop photos that I absolutely adore.

Top Row: Maile Lani Wedding Photography

Bottom Row: The Image is Found and PlayingGrownUp on Etsy


I’m absolutely in LOVE with PlayingGrownUp!  There are so many adorable things you can purchase at that Etsy shop to bring together so many fun special details at your event. Maybe it’s my obsession with chalkboards at the moment or perhaps because some the items remind me of things that I too create, but regardless, you must check out the shop.

Looking to do props on a tighter budget? I also came across these great DIY printables on The Pretty Blog. Print them on a heavy weight cardstock, attach a craft stick, and you’re set for photobooth fun!

Alright, I’m off for my own photoshoot prop fun! Wish me luck, and of course I’ll post pictures of it. Have a wonderful Sunday Funday!

April 28, 2010

Stop! It’s Koozie Time

by Emily Grace

I’ve been in utter shock! It is surprising to me the number of people that have no clue what a koozie is. My roommate and I have made it our mission to bring the wonder of koozies to the world (or maybe this is just my mission and I am secretly pushing her to join the forces). Anyway, for you out there who are uneducated in the field of koozies, I have comprised a Top Ten List of koozie facts and rules for usage. Please feel free to add your own uses, tips, facts, and best koozies you’ve seen.

1. Use your koozie to keep beverages cold and your hands warm (or just not cold). This is the primary purpose of a koozie. You can use them on cans or bottles. Your beverages will stay cold for a long time, even if it is hot where you are.

2. Use your koozies to keep condensation off cans and bottles. When cans and bottles are cold, water condenses on the outside. This leaves the containers wet and slick. You can prevent this with the use of a koozie. Your hands will stay dry and you will not have to be bothered by water dripping onto your clothes, or the worst case scenario, a party fowl due to a slippery bottle sliding out of your hands.

3. Start with a cold drink. You can store your drinks in a refrigerator or in a cooler with ice. Your drinks need to be pre-chilled in order for the koozie to work. Then, dry off the drink container if it has been in ice.

4. Put the koozie on your drink container carefully. They are pretty durable, but you should not tug on them too hard. If you do, you could tear them. Pull it onto your drink.

5. Position the koozie on the container. If the koozie has a bottom, make sure the bottom of the can is on the bottom of the koozie. Also, make sure the opening of the bottle or can is clear so you will be able to drink from it.

6. Carry your koozie with you around your apartment, your favorite bar, a picnic or party area. Take the koozie with you, ALWAYS! You will find that you will finish off what is in the containers more often than without koozies. This is because they keep it at a good drinking temperature.

7. Use personalized koozies! If you have personalized koozies made up for yourself, you can use them to show which drink is yours. You can also use koozies with different team or school logos to show your pride and also so they don’t get mixed up with drinks from rival teams or schools.

8. Be proud of your koozie. They are a great conversation starter! Also, if you use your koozie with utmost pride, that confidence is notable by koozie lovers of the opposite sex. Trust me, this move works, big time!

9. Take koozies with you to events. You might go to places where drinks will be served out of bottles or cans. It is nice if you can pull out your koozie and use it right on the spot.

10. Make sure you do not throw your koozie away with the container. If you are not paying attention, you might not notice that your koozie is still on your drink container. If you are not careful, you can throw away a lot of them before you get the idea. I have made numerous koozies for friends that are completely unaware as their drink is being tossed. This can become an expensive habit.

Koozies are fun and easy to use. When the hot summer sun is beating down and your drink is still cold, you will be glad you gave this wonderful invention a try.

Are you in need of the chic-ist of drinking accessories? If you are at a redneck rest stop you’re sure to find one with a witty saying, but if you’re looking for something a little more classy, I can make that happen.

Have a koozie for every occasion! Game-day koozies, picnic in the park, Party in the USA, Girls Nights, cruises… the possibilities are endless. With monograms and witty saying to ribboned accessorizing and hand-painted logos, there is a koozie out there for everyone!

Girls Night Valentine's Day Extravaganza

Go out and share the koozie love!

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January 7, 2010

DIY: Mason Jars (thanks MSLO)

by Emily Grace

I’ve been a little bit busy with getting back into the swing of things with work and just being back in New York City in general.  I’m super exhausted and already have a full schedule for my first week back and I didn’t get in until yesterday morning.  Here’s something fun to hold you over until I can get my body and brain back to working.

I saw this DIY craft project on the Martha Stewart Weddings Blog today, The Bride’s Guide.  I know I’m lame for just being a reposter of this blog article, but I couldn’t help but love it.  I love everything with mason jars.  I like the way that these are done is way better than the ones you always see with the fabric just thrown over the lid and tied down.  This gives a more modern edge to the country design.  I think it would be great to use this as a favor at a wedding or any other party if you have a great family cookie recipe or soemthing that you can share as a treat with your guests.  I also love their suggestion about using the jars as your escort cards as well!  So clever.

It’s also a simple and inexpensive gift you can give to friends and family just to show that you care.  I want to make them so I have incredibly cute storage jars in my kitchen.  Enjoy crafting, I know I will!

Posted by Corinne Gill, Craft Expert- MSLO (The Bride’s Guide)


As a special gift for the holidays, one of the weddings staffers brought us all homemade jam in these simple, yet perfectly packaged jars. I love the way she mixed the patterns and colors on the paper inserts for their tops, and the varying sizes of the jars adds a nice playfulness to the display. Always in the wedding spirit, my first thought was how perfect these would be as an easy but fun way to package favors. You could even turn them into escort cards by adding your guests’ names on the top, and by matching the patterned papers to the tables–maybe by making a simple paper napkin band to grace each setting or paper wrap around the votives or vases.


To make these perfectly packaged fellows, you’ll need jars, or course, which can usually be found in your local supermarket, or you can order larger quantities at Canning Pantry. We used the 8 oz. and 12 oz. quilted crystal jelly jars. And you’ll need decorative papers. I love that these are each different but coordinated. You can chose any papers in your wedding palette–either card or text weight will work.

To cut the circles, one of my favorite tools is the Martha Stewart circle cutter, and not just because it bears our name–seriously. It allows you to cut perfect circles from one to five-and-a-half inches, all with the same tool. We wanted ours all two-and-a-half inches to fit the jar tops, so we put a small sticker on the right spot on the cutter to avoid searching for it every time. Once you’ve got all your circles cut, you’ll put them above the sealing lid, under the screw top, so it’s all secured.


These are fantastic filled with homemade jam, but for those of us who are better out of the kitchen than in it (ahem, me), you could just as easily fill them with another goody of your choice: powdered hot chocolate, tea, candies, or cookies. What would you put inside?

December 23, 2009

DIY: Ornament Place Card Holder

by Emily Grace

When I get bored or just simply need a break from work,  my crafty gene is sure to come out.  I get it from my mother.  She’s pretty fabulous, and has some intensely awesome ideas… just take a look at my school projects growing up (I did make an animal cell that my entire science class could sit in for my cell project in seventh grade).  Holidays tend to bring out even more craftiness or at least dreams of craftiness.

Since I’ve been waking up way too early for anyone that is on vacation, I have chosen to fall back into watching the Today Show.  The other week Jo Pearson, head crafter from Michael’s, was on giving some fun holiday crafting ideas.  If you are anything like my family, then you are probably pretty decent at breaking things.  If this happens with your ornaments don’t you dare throw them away because Jo provided us with a GREAT craft idea to make use of parts of those broken globes.  She created place card holders out of ornaments to set on your Christmas table for your guests.  So brilliant!  I would definitely do this if my family didn’t completely disregard assigned seating.

All you need for this project are globe ornaments, a hot glue gun with glue, rubber glue gun pad, double sided tape, glitter or ribbon for decorating.

Here’s her brilliant idea:

Take the hook/loop out of your broken ball ornament and place it in the new or unbroken ornament next to the already existing loop.  This creates a double loop that will eventually hold the name card.

Feel free to decorate ornament as desired.  Jo provides the simple decorating idea of placing a strip of double sided tape around the ball and then rolling it in glitter to give it a glittery stripe (so easy!).  If you’re more crafty inclined go all out and be creative with your decorating.

After you have decorated it to your likings, make a quarter size amount of hot glue on a hot glue gun pad (or any rubber pad that the glue will peal off of) and stick the ornament up right in the glue and allow to dry.  This creates a base for the ornament.

All you have to do now is write your guests names on little cards and stick them between the loops.  How cute and easy is that?  Thanks Jo Pearson for making Christmas tables delightful!

Loves it!  Let me know if you decided to decorate your table with a little extra holiday craft joy.

Keep it Sweet ‘n Low!

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